Monument to Peter I (Azov)

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Monument to Peter I (Russian: Памятник Петру I) is a bronze monument of Peter the Great in the center of Azov, Rostov oblast, Russia. It was designed by sculptors Oleg Komov and Andrey Kovalchuk. The opening ceremony took place on 19 July 1996 and was held in conjunction by the 300-year anniversary of the Russian Navy. The statue is 3 meters tall, not including its 2-metre pedestal. He leans on a mortar. The monument depicts Peter I, a determined, purposeful Russian ruler, as a young (about 22 years old) military figure. Peter the Great commanded his army during the Azov campaigns of 1695–96 at that age. His head is looking towards the Azov Fortress.


The idea of building the monument was being proposed by Azov architects in 1947. At that time they was developing a general plan of Azov under which the monument should have been erected on Rynochnaya square currently known as Petrovskaya square (former square of the 3rd International). This project was embodied 49 years later on Petrovsky boulevard.Honored Artist of Russia, academician Oleg Komov created the project of the monument in 1995. His wife Nina Komova, the chief architect V. Fomenko, Andrei Kovalchuk worked together on this sculpture composition also. The statue was produced at Mytishchi plant of artistic casting. For the pedestal granite monolith boulder was found in Ukraine. The iron mortar was cast at "Donpressmash" plant according to sketches of the chief architect. The monument cost 700 million non denominated Russian rubles. The monument was built partially with funds from local businessmen.
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